15 Common Household Pests and How to Get Rid of ‘Em

15 Common Household Pests and How to Get Rid of ‘Em

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It’s bad enough that annoying pests swarm us when we are outdoors, but it’s even worse when they find their way into our homes.

From mosquitos to smelly stink bugs, termites, ants, and spiders, there is an abundance of pests waiting at your front door. Although you are not welcoming them inside, it’s almost impossible to prevent even one of them from sneaking their way in.

15 Common Household Pests and How to Get Rid of ‘Em

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It’s bad enough that annoying pests swarm us when we are outdoors, but it’s even worse when they find their way into our homes.

From mosquitos to smelly stink bugs, termites, ants, and spiders, there is an abundance of pests waiting at your front door. Although you are not welcoming them inside, it’s almost impossible to prevent even one of them from sneaking their way in.

Ants

Ants are probably one of the most annoying and common household pests. They can enter through the smallest cracks in your home and lay nests in and around your house. Get rid of them by sprinkling boric acid or lemon juice along the cracks and crevices you have seen them enter.

Termites

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Also known as the “silent destroyer,” termites are an absolute nightmare. They stay out of sight while secretly munching away at your homes substructure. In order to prevent them from invading install a barrier around your home. You can also use liquid pesticides, building materials infused with pesticide and wood treatments to rid these pests.

Bed Bugs

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These sneaky bugs can be picked up almost anywhere. They are difficult to find and even harder to control. They like to hide in personal belongings, luggage and even on you. Once you encounter an infestation the best way to get rid of them is by calling an experienced pest specialist. ORKIN recommends washing and drying bed linens in extremely hot temperatures, removing all clutter from your home, which makes it easier to find the bed bugs, and inspecting your home after moving, trips or overnight guests.

House Flies

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No matter how many times you shoo and swat them away, they keep coming back. Flies are extremely annoying; they insist on flying towards us and invading our personal space. Keep them out of your home by making sure your home is clean and sanitized and keeping screens tightly closed. If they do manage to get into your home, try using Lemongrass Oil as a natural fly repellant and using herbs such as lavender, mint and basil to deter them.

Stink Bugs

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Stink bugs have to be one of the most annoying spring time pests. Wondering why? They produce a horrific odor. ORKIN explains that scientists suspect this odor might be a defense against predators. Look out in your home because they like to creep inside for warmth. They will sneak in through cracks, screens and holes.

House Spiders

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These spiders like to hide in windows, ceiling corners and above or beneath fixtures, ORKIN explains. “The presence of common house spiders is typically characterized by the formation of cobwebs. These silken thread structures can be found throughout infested homes.” Get rid of them by vacuuming spiders and spider webs, spraying cracks and corners with insecticide, or calling a professional exterminator.

Ticks

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Ticks come in all different sizes. They crawl up, latch on, and in some cases call for great concern. They become common in the household, especially during the spring time. These annoying pests are actually one of the most dangerous because they carry diseases. Some of them include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Ehrlichiosis, and Tularemia.

Mosquitos

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Whether it be in our homes or outdoors we have all most likely encountered the annoying mosquito. Did you know that, according to Discovery Kids, “with their antenna, mosquitoes can sense carbon dioxide and lactic acid up to 100 feet away?” They can also detect chemicals in sweat. Although female mosquitos are the only ones that bite, males are just as annoying. You can keep mosquitos away by using citronella candles, wearing a chemical mosquito repellent that contains no sugar, using a mosquito net and repairing holes and tears in screens.

Fleas

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If you own pets, it’s important to take caution, as they may accidently bring fleas into the home with them after running around outside. Make sure you are constantly washing your pets bedding, vacuuming frequently and purchase a dehumidifier – fleas need humidity to live.

Beetles

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There are more than 25,000 species of beetles in North America. They are destructive pests that attack furniture and damage woolens. According to ORKIN, there are three basic groups of beetles that may require treatment inside our homes – food product beetles, wood-destroying beetles and fabric-infesting beetles. Get rid of them by using beetle traps, Milky Spore, Insecticidal Soap or calling a professional.

Cockroaches

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Household pest cockroaches are commonly found near waste deposits or in the kitchen where food is present, according to ORKIN. They can be carriers of various diseases. In order to prevent these nasty pests from invading your home you need to seal up any cracks and holes in your house and fix water leaks. If you already have an infestation, first try making a concoction – mix three parts boric acid and one part powdered sugar, according to Mother Nature Network. “The sugar lures the roaches, while the boric acid kills them.” If this doesn’t work, it’s time to call the experts.

Rodents

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Rodents – rats and mice – are challenging pests to control. They contaminate your home, carry diseases, and bring other pests into your home. You can try and get rid of them by setting up traps throughout your home, using rodenticides, mothballs or calling a professional.

Gnats

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Gnats, one of the most annoying household pests, can be found all over the home. You can use ammonia to kill them in drains and create homemade traps. Trick them by making a wine and soap trap, or using apple cider vinegar and a mason jar. Always make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed and make sure you frequently wipe down damp spots, as gnats like to breed in moist places.

Mites

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Mites are difficult to see, which makes them one of the hardest pests to get rid of. If your skin is red, itchy and inflamed, you may be suffering from a mite infestation. Dust mites are the most common in American households; they like to cling on fabrics, such as the carpet and clothing. Make sure you vacuum often, keep your clothes clean and dust frequently.

Centipedes

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These pests like to hide in dark, moist and secluded areas of the home, especially during the winter months. They are nocturnal animals, which makes them rarely seen by humans. Large species can produce bites that are just as painful as a bee sting, ORKIN says. Some of the best ways to get rid of them include reducing moisture problems by using dehumidifiers or repairing water leaks, sealing cracks, holes and gaps, and reducing clutter in the household.